The rapids ... the camping ... the outhouses!
"But I didn't care," said the
The 16 of them -- including her children, children's spouses and grandchildren -- spent a memorable week rafting the Snake River last summer with ROW Adventures (www.rowadventures.com/). "I could have taken them all to a resort," said Seaberg. "But it wouldn't have been the same. When the grandkids get older, you've got to up the adventure quotient to get them to come. This was exciting for everyone."
Upping the adventure quotient is exactly what a growing number of well-heeled and fit grandparents are doing to gather their far-flung progeny. They're sailing in the
Some grandparents opt to leave their children behind so they can focus on the grandkids.
Despite the economy, Elderhostel (www.roadscholar.org) reports that its intergenerational trips -- they now offer more than 200 -- not only are among the organization's most popular but they definitely have become more active.
I've certainly met many multigenerational families on cruise ships, in
"There's a lot of pent-up desire from those who put off travel for a few years," observes Abercrombie & Kent's
Other adventure outfitters like
An 80-year-old grandfather reported he "did everything the kids did," on an adventure trip to
"At my mom's age, my grandmother was a little old lady," laughed
She and her mom agree that these annual trips her mother funds keep the far-flung family much closer than they'd be otherwise. "We walk away feeling really tight," after having shared an adventure, explained
That's the idea, of course. "It's so good for the kids to be together," said
But certainly not cheap -- tens of thousands of dollars for an entire group -- especially when families opt for guided trips so grandparents don't have to sweat any of the details. "The idea is to get together and not have to make any decisions," said Miller. Another plus: the guides not only help entertain the kids but can arrange activities to suit every age group.
The key to a successful multigenerational trip is planning smart. "Cater to the youngest and oldest," suggests
"My husband and I worked very hard all our lives," she said. "I want my children to enjoy the fruits of our labor while I'm still here!"
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The overwhelming number of travelers I spoke with said kids should be able to fly in first class if their parents could afford to pay the freight. But they were quick to add that they expected the children to behave.
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